Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Ica, Dune Buggy and Sandboarding in Huacachina-March 17th 2018

I had set a wake up call with the front desk for 4:30am but I only woken up to my cell phone alarm. I hopped in the shower and had a hard time getting the hot water to run. I almost had to duck to stand comfortably in the shower. I had read that the Inca people were on average very short perhaps this is similar for all Peruvians.

After getting ready I went to the front desk and asked them to confirm my tour because I hadn’t heard anything recently.

She concerned me by stating the phone operator indicated I was to call and confirm the day prior. There was no mention of that in any correspondence. The scheduled pick up time was 5:15am to 6:15am and if I wasn’t picked up I was informed to call back at 9 and request a refund/ change the booking. Clearly that wouldn’t be acceptable as I only had more full day in Lima and this was an 18-hour excursion.

I decided to sit in the lobby and wait as I did not want to fall back asleep in my room and miss them completely. In and out of slumber I checked the time on my fitbit often. Eventually the time read 6:36. This made me panic. I emailed the tour company and sent them a Facebook message.

It dawned on me. I hadn’t changed the time on my phone and fitbit. Peru is one hour behind. Doh!

Eventually the tour operator shows up. He informs me he will be dropping off others and the bus will leave from my hotel. Twenty minutes later after several mini groups have been dropped off we board the bus.

This tour had a lot of ground to cover and having such an early start (because I set my alarm an hour early!) I fell asleep for most of the four hour ride to Paracas.

I fell asleep hardcore on the bus. Probably because I was up at the buttcrack of dawn waiting in a lobby hours early. Usually I prefer to watch the scenery but the sleep was great.

Our first stop was Paracas; a little ocean side town built up and depending on tourism and fishing. Half of the bus group left us and departed on their separate journeys as Parcas as their final tour destination. The rest of us walked over to a boat loading area en route to Ballestas Islands. We were all scanned in and waited in confusing lines. They did not appear to be servicing first come and the officials were picking their own random lines to board next. I smiled a lot in the hopes of going next and it seemed to work. We boarded the speedboat and set course for the Island. This island is referred to “Galapagos on a budget or mini Galapagos”. They had tours where you swam with the sea lions. I considered it but the reviews were bad.

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